DescriptionEDWARD MUEGGE "BUCK" SCHIWETZ (American, 1898-1984)
Pumping for Oil, 1951
Mixed media on paper
15-1/4 x 21-1/4 inches (38.7 x 54.0 cm) (sight)
Signed and dated lower right: Em Schiwetz 51
Buck Schiwetz exhibited in most of the important Texas exhibitions of the 1930s, placing him in the Regionalist camp in philosophy, if not style. Oddly, this achievement has been largely overlooked. He exhibited in the "Artists of Southeast Texas" annuals at Beaumont, one of the first and more important regionalist Texas art exhibitions, from 1937 through 1939. By 1948, five Texas museums had hosted solo exhibitions for Schiwetz's work, and by the 1950s, his work had been shown regionally and nationally.
In 1945, Humble Oil and Refining Company, later Exxon Company, U.S.A., created The Humble Way magazine to promote the areas of Texas where Humble operated. The magazine featured many of Schiwetz's drawings and watercolors. Its popularity prompted the company to publish the first Texas Sketchbook, a compilation of Schiwetz drawings of Texas in 1952. Revised and enlarged editions followed in 1958 and again in 1962.
Paper discoloration; streaky varnish layer; not examined outside of frame; framed under glass. Framed Dimensions 24.5 X 30.5 Inches
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